A new book cover for Gao Jianqun’s historical fiction novel, Tongwan City. Published by CN Times Books. As the Hun Imperial dynasty was being shaped there were two very different leaders, a warlord, Helian Bobo and a Monk, Kumarajiva, both striving for the same end. 

I love the idea that you have two characters that represent different approaches to a similar goal. That sense of tension and contrast is a great visual metaphor for the story.

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AGH! I Had so much fun with this job for Smithsonian Magazine! As part of their annual “Secrets of American History” issue, I had the opportunity to illustrate the shadowy rivalry between one J. Edgar Hoover and Mr. Untouchable Elliot Ness.

The article gets pretty technical, but finished with a vivid account of Hoover watching the TV depiction of Ness in 1959′s The Untouchables, and making the point that this is what people take as history, not the facts.  Who is the real Ness?! (well apparently he wasn’t as straight laced as he appeared!) I enjoy getting moody and dark with my work, so this was a perfect opportunity. I also discovered how much I love checker tile floors…

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In honor of summer’s unofficial end (Happy labor day!) I thought I’d share a cover for the Saturday Evening Post that never ended up seeing the light of day. It was just before memorial day and I was incredibly excited to follow in the footsteps of some of my illustration heroes. To be honest, it was a real bummer when the editorial team changed course, but hey, these things happen. No hard feelings! That’s the business. I’m confident i’ll get another shot in the future.

The Fall of Adonis36″ x 36″
This new painting rounds out my series of commentary about patriarchal society. Adonis, the god of beauty and desire finally falls.

The Fall of Adonis
36″ x 36″

This new painting rounds out my series of commentary about patriarchal society. Adonis, the god of beauty and desire finally falls.

To those who may just have the NPR calendar on their wall, I hope you enjoy the art this month! To those who don’t… It’s the month of JB.  Enjoyed the freedom this assignment provided me. Was a lot of fun exploring “what NPR means to me…”

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